Last week my producer Felipe Dieppa and I got to take part in Fast Track, a film financing market at the Los Angeles Film Festival to pitch OPERATOR to almost 60 industry executives. We had a terrific time, got very positive responses to the project, AND Film Independent selected us for the Sloan Fast Track production grant!
Doron Weber from the Sloan Foundation had this wonderful thing to say about OPERATOR – “We are delighted to partner with Film Independent for the seventh year and to make the 2014 Sloan Fast Track award to Logan Kibens’ Operator, a smart, contemporary comedy about a programmer who learns, at the risk of losing his wife, that technology must serve humanity,”.
HARMONY is complete! It was a fun quick post-production process with producer and star Dawn Davis and the rest of our collaborators. We’re gearing up for a cast and crew screening later this month, and into a festival run. Dawn sent a screener out to Agnes Films for an early review – a website named in honor of one of the great living filmmakers, Agnes Varda – and you can read their very kind words and review here. There aren’t really any spoilers, just some of the most effusive writing on a performance by a cat that I’ve ever read.
This past weekend I directed a short supernatural thriller, HARMONY starring the very talented Dawn Davis and Chris Kerson. Dawn’s a terrific actress and producer who is also way better at self-promotion than I am, as exhibited by this great blog she put together about the project:
Check out this great article on xojane, curated by the brilliant April Wolfe. I’m incredibly honored to be included in this list of awesome female filmmakers!
You can read more of April’s wonderful writing on her blog.
The music video for MAESA’s “The Fall” that I directed is now online and viewable on YouTube. This was such an incredible collaboration and fun shoot – from jumping on a trampoline in front of a green screen, hiking to rock waterfalls, shooting underwater and using the Phantom Flex (1,000 frames per second…). Maesa is an incredible artist, musician and person.
I spent this week with my good friend Kate over at change.org directing and editing a victory video for one of their campaigns.
Petitions started through change.org collected over 1.8 million signatures, culminating in the Boy Scouts of America voting to end a longtime ban on openly gay scouts. You can check out the video here –
Sharon and I are honored to be selected as finalists for the San Francisco Film Society’s Hearst Screenwriting Grant. SFFS is an incredible organization that supports great independent film. Check them out and spread the word – it’s a wonderful resource.
For more information about SFFS and to read about the finalists, click HERE.
I just got back from a great weekend at the Sundance Resort, representing our script OPERATOR at the Sundance Creative Producing Summit. It was an intensive weekend of meeting incredible people, from advisors to other fellows, and hearing about some amazing projects. I can’t wait to see them realized and on the screen.
I was so busy and in the moment that I forgot to take many pictures, but I couldn’t pass up this photo of a weird naked alien soap dispenser. Feel free to composite it into your next ’70s era Sci-Fi farce -
This Monday Sharon and I unleashed OPERATOR onto a packed audience at the Actor’s Gang theater in Culver City. We had an incredible cast who rocked the performance – we learned so much from working with the actors and hearing the terrific audience response.